Fake Journalists Arrested At National Assembly As Press Corps, Police Declare War
Following the proliferation of fake journalists at the National Assembly Abuja , the Nigerian police in conjunction with the House of Representatives Press Corps have apprehended three persons parading themselves for impersonation .
They were arrested shortly after the budget defence by the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Downstream which was held at the conference room 028.
Trouble started after an interview session with the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timpre Sylva when the hoodlums posing as journalists accosted the minister demanding for some gratification to the amazement of accreditated journalists covering the house who tried to stop them.
These dare devil hoodlums however vented their anger on the accredited journalists and threatened to beat them up a situation that compelled the members of the press corps to call for help from the police and the sergent at arms at the National Assembly who swung immediately into action and arrested the suspects through the directive of DPO , Umar Abdullahi Sambo ( SP ) .
The three suspects Balarabe, Ibrahim and Joseph were later taken to the national assembly police station where they were interrogated and detained for further investigation.
The Nigeria and Union of Journalists FCT Council had recently declared war against fake journalists asking them to relocate from the nations capital as their is no more hiding place for them.
In line with this, the NUJ inaugurated a nine man committee to tackle the menace of these hoodlums who have continuously brought the image of the journalism profession into disrepute.